This family owned vineyard has been around for a long time as a producer of selling estate Rhone varietal grapes to local wineries. Only until a few years ago, they decided to make wines under their own label Alta Colina. It’s a good thing they did, because the grapes that grow from their vineyard locations are used by many popular wineries in the the Paso Robles area. In just those few short years, their winemaking became just as reputable as their reputation in producing grapes.
I discovered Alta Colina a few months ago at the Rhone Rangers event in Los Angeles and again at another wine event. An instant love for their wines finally brought be their tasting room thanks to the Paso Robles Wine Harvest Weekend a few days ago. Boy, do their wines taste better close to the source. I especially like meeting the Winemaker Bill Tillman and his daughter Maggie Tillman, the Sales and Marketing manager. They told us a lot about the history of their family business, pointed out the direction of their vineyards, and how harvest started earlier than expected for them.
Tasting fee costs $10, but it’s waived with a wine purchase or a wine club membership. The wine club membership has it’s perks like a 20% discount on all purchases and invitation only events. As for the wines, well I personally love the 2010 Late Harvest Viognier; sweet and a little grassy. I am infatuated with the 2010 Claudia Cuvee, which I think would pair heavenly with a nice pizza or with grilled scallops. Over the weekend, however, I discovered a love for the 2010 Rhone Red, which is a GSMand the 2009 Mourvedre. All wines from Alta Colina are exceptionally exquisite and sophisticated, which is why they are priced moderately between $24 to $48.
2775 Adelaida Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Telephone Number (805) 227-4191